Canada Ski Blog

Canada-Ski news, views and travel specials on resorts in the Canadian Rockies and Western Canada.

Marmot Basin lift tickets are only $10 on May 1st, their last day of the ski & snowboard season!

UV levels are expected to be about 4% higher than pre-1980 levels this summer, due to the ongoing thinning of the ozone layer, according to Environment Canada scientists.

The ozone layer, in the upper atmosphere, continues to show some depletion over Canada. During the past winter, the ozone layer thinned, on average, by about 5%, worsening to 7% below normal in early spring. This depletion is expected to continue throughout the summer, at slightly reduced levels. These values are compared to the normal thickness of the ozone layer, before 1980, when ozone depletion was first recorded.

Exposure to UV rays from the sun increases the risk of sunburn, skin cancers and cataracts and could weaken the immune system. The increased UV levels expected this summer would add to these risks.

Environment Canada scientists created the UV index in 1992, and it is now used around the world to safeguard people from overexposure to the sun.

Despite a significant decline in the use of ozone-depleting chemicals, ozone loss continues and is particularly severe annually over the Antarctic and in some years over the Arctic. Scientists are concerned that climate change may now be contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer.

The UV index is included in Environment Canada’s daily weather forecast whenever values are expected to be greater than 3. Use the UV Index forecast as a guide and take precautions when exposed to the sun.

For daily weather reports, please click HERE.

Article from Environment Canada’s World Wide Web Site.

After experiencing temperatures in the twenties (degree centigrade) yesterday, just over night, the clouds came in the covered the Bow Valley with snow again. The golf courses had started to turn green, and the bears had started to wake up, now everything is once again a wintery white.

This is great news for skiers and snowboarders, as Lake Louise, Sunshine and Jasper Marmot Basin are still open and going strong. There are some great last minute deals to get out here, and the ski hills are very quiet this time of year!

Why such a rapid temperature change?

Rapid temperature changes are quite normal here in the Canadian Rockies. They are due to Chinook winds which usually begin with a sudden change in wind direction over the Pacific Ocean, towards the west or southwest, and with a rapid increase in wind speed.

These winds move across B.C. towards the Rockies. As these winds move across the barrier of mountains (the Rockies), they often push a band of clouds in front of them, which are visible on the western horizon. The curvature of the Earth makes this band of clouds appear like an arch. This is often a distinct feature of a Chinook.

These winds are not as obvious in the summer, when the temperature change is not so dramatic. But for now, the post-Chinook situation means great conditions for skiers and snowboards, and an awesome wrap up for a fantastic season.

For last minute deals, please contact rocky-peak Holidays, vacation specialists in the Canadian Rockies.

For current weather conditions, click HERE.

The legendary Warren Miller Entertainment crew from Skitheworld Productions Inc. has just finished filming on the slopes of Castle Mountain Resort in Pincher Creek.

Warren Miller films are known for their incredible skiing and snow boarding manoeuvres in stunning settings around the globe. Fifty million viewers worldwide will see Warren Miller’s annual feature when it is released this fall.

Warren Miller’s other recent Alberta ski flick, Impact, was filmed in the Canadian Rockies in 2004. Impact featured three Alberta ski resorts for the first time in a decade – Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Jasper Marmot Basin.

The Skitheworld crew began filming, in partnership with Travel Alberta, Monday, April 10 and had finished by Saturday, April 15. Five hand-picked, expert skiers and snowboarders, led by skier Peter Hodgson of Pincher Creek and Calgary snowboarder Joey Vosburgh, starred in the film. Other talent includes rider Dave Basterrechea of Itetchum, Idaho, and skiers Davey Barr and Caroline L’Heureux, both of Whistler, B.C.

Castle Mountain is located two and a half hours south of Calgary, near the Continental Divide. Please contact rocky-peak Holidays for more information.


It’s getting closer to that time when we dust off our mountain bikes, pump up our tires and put our skis and boards into storage…..well, not quite – there is still about another two months of skiing and riding in the Canadian Rockies!

The closing dates below have now been confirmed:

Ski Resort Closing Dates 2006
Resort Date
Kimberley 2nd April
Banff Norquay 16th April
Panorama 16th April
Kicking Horse 17th April
Nakiska 17th April
Fernie 18th April
Lake Louise 1st May
Jasper Marmot Basin 1st May
Sunshine Village 22nd May

To catch a few last turns and last minute deals, contact rocky-peak Holidays.

It’s official, Jasper Marmot Basin will be open until May 1st, 2006.

Marmot will be hosting a customer appreciation day on May 1st and lift tickets will be only $10.00. The patios and barbeques will be blazing, so come on out, bring your sun screen and get in a few last turns to help us wrap up another great season!

You can still ski and stay at Jasper from $89 per person with rocky-peak Holidays. This offer includes a day lift pass at Marmot Basin and a night in a 3 star hotel. Click HERE for more information.

Mar 25th – Volcom’s free entry snowboard contest returns to Lake Louise for it’s 3rd year. Visit for more information.

On March 15th Fernie Alpine Resort hosts the Smith Optics Fernie Freeski Comp.

Top freeskiers will compete on the best snow and steeps in Canada. Freeskiers from across Canada and the United States are gearing up for this event, being held at Fernie Alpine Resort from March 15-19, 2006.

On March 11th, visit Lake Louise Mountain Resort for their fifth annual Cardboard Box Downhill Derby. Show off your fastest, most stylish cardboard box sled and you will not walk away empty handed!

A federal forecaster has predicted that Canada will not receive an early spring so the Groundhog maybe wrong this year!

Most Canadians will have to endure a very slow start to spring, according to Environment Canada’s latest three-month forecast.

Environment Canada says most of the country will experience cooler than normal temperatures during the spring.

This is great news for the ski resorts as most of them open until late April, and some right through to late May. This would mean the snow stays light right through to the end of the season.

The spring is a great time to ski, here in the Canadian Rockies. The lifts open for longer and after Easter, the crowds usually drop off and there are fun end of season activities at the ski resorts such as a slush cup.

The atmosphere is awesome in the spring time, and the prices are less.

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